NHS hospitals in England are planning to continue allowing babies to be born to fathers deemed to be at risk of violence, with doctors refusing to be called out to intervene.
The move, which has been criticised by rights groups and a minister, comes as the Government has promised to tackle a surge in domestic violence and child abuse.
It is expected to be in place by the end of the year, as the government has committed to ensuring the number of children being born out of wedlock is reduced to a “truly low level”.
It follows a government consultation that found more than two-thirds of the 1,800 people who were born out in England were from overseas.
However, the government is now considering whether to lift the ban on foreign-born fathers who were deemed at risk.
Under the current rules, doctors are obliged to refer cases of domestic violence to the police if a child is found to be abused by a foreign national.
If a child was born to a foreign- born parent, the father would not be eligible to be a GP.
A government spokeswoman said: “We have listened to the concerns raised by people and are considering whether this change could be considered.”
If we do decide to change the rules, it will be because it is clear to us that the changes we have made are in the best interests of children and families.
“We are also reviewing our approach to children’s services.”
The decision comes after a study by the University of Nottingham found there was no evidence that banning foreign-bred parents from attending child care provided any benefits to children.
Prof Jones said he believed the ban should be lifted because children born out were “more likely to be violent” and had “higher risk of sexual and physical abuse”. “
That leaves the children with no choice.”
Prof Jones said he believed the ban should be lifted because children born out were “more likely to be violent” and had “higher risk of sexual and physical abuse”.
He said the study showed that “foreign born fathers were at greater risk of physical and sexual abuse” in the homes of their children.